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11. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting HafJafMark

propaghanda?

What do you think I am? A red agent?

'Inner Mongolia' is a northern Chinese province - it has semi autonomy from the Beijing government.

'Outer Mongolia' is a Chinese term for what is now the state of Mongolia, + part of Russia.

Don't think theres any controversy about it, its not like Tibet or Taiwan

That is not what I meant and I have been to Hohot.

12. Posted by Missynz (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

From the twenty so countries I've visited so far, Vietnam would be the only place I would never go back to. We had so much trouble and found the people were unfriendly (especially up north). It seemed like everyone was just out to try and rip us off.

Our first two nights in Hanoi we prepaid for a hotel room and were promised extras such as breakfast, internet access etc. We never saw any of the extras, but that was no big deal. What was a big deal is having come back to the hotel after our first night at about 9pm to get changed, just to find all our gear in the lobby and the hotel closed. Reason was that the owner wanted to stay, so they kicked everyone out and refused to give us a refund. We had to then wonder around the streets trying to find a new place to stay.

Other instances included being sold fake bus tickets from another place we were staying and then having to pay again once on board. Paying a small fortune to get our gear out from the boot of a taxi, even after we had paid full fare. Gear being taken from our 'locked' room.

I think I've put friends and family off ever visiting as well, due to some of my stories which is a pity really, but treating every foreigner like their an ATM ain't the way to attract tourists.

13. Posted by ajri02 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hey!
Try this blog http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/dfleege/1/1250655116/tpod.html
He has same experience of mine

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Sep-2009, at 23:30 by ajri02 ]

14. Posted by ajri02 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Quoting Missynz

We had so much trouble and found the people were unfriendly (especially up north)

Exactly Missynz

15. Posted by ajri02 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Quoting ajri02

Hey!
Try this blog http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/dfleege/1/1250655116/tpod.html
He has same experience of mine

This story is Hanoi and another the story in Saigon

16. Posted by connor693 (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

Another scam at Bangkok Airport is when the Thai customs meet passengers off airplanes from Dubai/Qatar where there is cheap duty free. The customs tell passengers to put duty free items inside their check-in luggage when they take it off the carousel - or they will be prosecuted for smuggling. They then tell people that it will be OK not to show or declare any duty free items. When the passengers reach the arrivals area, the customs pounce and you are arrested and taken to customs head office at BANG NA and told to pay four times the duty or go straight to jail. There is an ATM machine next door to the customs office. Your goods are kept by the officers and they then pocket the money you have paid them and you are free to go without any criminal record.

I have copy and pasted this from a site because couldnt be bothered to type but... The exact same thing happened to me and my friends in april though we were fined £1500 !! and we had a connection flight from england to Doha (near dubai) I think its discusting how they treat tourists in the far east! They will change their attitude in a few years when tourism drops and theyre all back to picking rice in the fields for pennys a day!

17. Posted by tokmik (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Yeah, Riga in Latvia. Before we went out (I was in the Navy at the time) we were warned of a dangerous scam the locals play whereby a nice girl will chat up a guy, get him to leave his mates and then he'll be mugged. Needless to say it happened to me and a friend. Blinded by beauty! We escaped just prior to the mugging though, but were lost in the middle of some hell hole part of town.

Big island, and Maui are great. The big island isn't very populated, and it is amazing to see the divide between the total jungle half of the island, and the other half which is entirely lava rock. You can snorkel, and hike in many good places, for example, volcano national park. I enjoyed that one, you are allowed to enter into some of the ancient lava tubes, and you ascend to the summit of the volcano and see lots of hot steam vents.

Maui also has many good snorkel locations, and is overall not very crowded. For hiking, try mount haleakala, it is a dormant volcano so the summit is free to be explored. It was a fun day.

Kauai is also supposed to be good, I haven't been to this one, but it is all jungle and, very limited population. If you really want to see the pure tropical wonder in its full splendor, this would be a good place to start. Helicopter tours are fun too. Did that on the big island :3

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18. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 6y

Unfortunately yes.
I had trouble in Hanoi, Vietnam...I got my own personal moped stalker...he followed me everywhere, it got quite scarey, he couldn't get to grips with the idea that I wanted to explore on foot, and not take a ride on the back of his scooter. He even copped a feel (groped me) when he passed me once. I got scared, and left Hanoi by flying!!!

The other scarey one, was in Beijing, China. Jet lagged and disoriented, I allowed myself to be bundled into what I 'thought' was a taxi, but then part way down a motorway/freeway, he pulled over and demanded money from me. I said I didn't understand, so he called someone on his mobile, and the voice told me that I needed to pay or else. I told the voice, I would give money if I got to my hostel. So the driver, took me to the road of the hostel, and I leapt out, pushing some yuan into his hand...and he sped off. I was terrified. I thought my time was up!

Needless to say, neither of these incidents made me give up or head back home, I continued to explore and enjoy my backpacking experience!

19. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 6y

Baramee Resortel scammed me, they robbed us of the money we paid and insulted us aswell, was probably the worst scam I've experienced in ALL of Asia

20. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 6y

I was robbed in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was walking around and looking at the pirated DVDs and picked 2 DVDs, Spiderman 3 and Transformers if I am not mistaken. The guy asked me for a deposit as he went into the shop to take the DVDs for me. I gave him the deposit as I trusted him and it took quite somtimes. I asked his friend what took him so long and his friend just kept quiet. At that moment, I felt something went wrong somewhere. He then came out and told me that the package for those DVDs are actually 3-4 times higher than the actual price. I told them I didn't ask for the package but only the 2 DVDs that I picked earlier. He started to change his attitude towards me. He told me that he will yell at me if I dont pay him. I told him that I just want the DVDs or return the money. He refused to return my money and I told him that if he is desperate for the money, he can have it. He then started to talk sh*t like he has more than 10K in his bank account and he can show it to me. So I asked him to prove it and he started to talk balls this time. I was lazy to argue and walked away. He just followed me until there were 2 police patrols at a junction near The Popular Book Store. I turned and asked him if he wants me to call the police. He told me that we can settle this in a good way. So I told him to give me the 2 DVDs and he gave me 2 DVDs covered in black plactic bag. And the best part was, when I went home and played the DVDs, they are all porns. I just felt that in Chinatown, I feel unsecure as there are a lot of foreign workers mainly from Bangladesh which are quite rude. I never visit that Chinatown for quite sometimes already....

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